Written and Drawn By: Veronica P.


Take a look at that picture above. What do you think it is? Is it a monster? Nope! Believe it or not but that is actually a self-portrait of yours truly. But why does my face have all those different colors and patterns? Well, that’s because I decided to draw myself the Sandra Silberzweig way.

Who is Sandra Silberzweig? Well, Sandra Silberzweig is a contemporary artist from Toronto. Sandra has a condition called synesthesia where you experience input from one sense but you feel through another sense. So if you are synesthetic, you might be able to taste sounds or see music. Sandra uses her synesthesia to help inspire her works and they come out beautiful. For instance, take this work, “Owl Lovebirds In Totem Pole Forest.”




Look at all the colors and patterns. It gives this work anesthetic that makes it different from others. I took one look at it and suddenly I was inspired to try it myself. So I got out my oil pastels and paper, and I got to work. 

I started out just sketching lightly in pencil. If you look at the picture at the beginning of this article you’ll see that my drawing has the basic parts of a human face. There are two eyes, one mouth, and one nose. When I started coloring though, that’s where it got crazy. I drew a bunch of patterns and then chose the best colors. I used oil pastels and it was hard to make sure the colors didn’t smear or mix. But after two days, I finished with the fully colored drawing.

It was fun to picture myself in a different way. All the different sections and patterns to me were representing all the different parts of me. I hope that you will try this and you will see all the different parts of you in yours too. 


Works Cited:

“Owl Lovebirds In Totem Pole Forest by Sandra Silberzweig.” Sandra Silberzweig – Website, sandra-silberzweig.pixels.com/featured/1-owl-lovebirds-in-totem-pole-forest-sandra-silberzweig.html.

“Sandra Silberzweig.” Fine Art America, fineartamerica.com/profiles/sandra-silberzweig?tab=about.